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Docent Lecture: "Our Second Skin: Clothing as Social Language in Art", by Victoria Kirby

Vigée-LeBrun, Hyacinthe
May 17, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

Western artists have used clothing and drapery to reveal information about a wearer's social and economic positions, religious affiliation, politics, nationality, marital status, and fashion sense. Clothing can also provide fascinating information about a society and its attitudes, tell a story, or define a person's psychological state.

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Curator Lecture: "San Francisco Style: The Fine Arts Museums Costume Collection", by Jill D’Alessandro

Charles James, "Tree" ball gown
June 20, 2015 -
2:00pm3:00pm

At the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, women’s fashion holds a prominent place within the voluminous collections of the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones department of Textile Arts. These collections have grown over the years thanks to generous donations from many of San Francisco’s most stylish women. In this talk, Jill D’Alessandro, gives an overview of the Museums’ fashion collection with a spotlight on these major patrons, including Eleanor de Guigné, Jeanne Magnin, Nan Kempner, and Mrs. John N. (Dodie) Rosekrans Jr.

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Guest Lecture: "When Fashion Met Art: The Designs of Elsa Schiaparelli" by Dr. Dilys Blum, Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Schiaparelli, evening dress, summer 1937
June 13, 2015 -
2:00pm3:00pm

Dr. Dilys Blum's lecture on Elsa Schiaparelli is part of an ongoing lecture series for the special exhibition High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

Elsa Schiaparelli was the premier style arbiter of the 1930s. This lecture will explore her close relationship with Paris’s artistic community and examine how her fashion designs interpreted the theories and images of Surrealism. Schiaparelli’s collaborations with Man Ray, Salvador Dali, and Jean Cocteau among others will be discussed.

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Guest Lecture: "An Instant Made to Order: Photography and American Style" by Dr. Elizabeth Kessler

Charles James, "Tree" ball gown, 1955
June 27, 2015 -
2:00pm3:00pm

The history of fashion in American is paralleled by the history of its representation in drawings and photographs. This lecture will focus on the role of photography in defining American style in the 20th century. In addition, it will also point to ways that fashion photography and its practices complicate standard accounts of photography’s defining characteristics. The work and contributions of Edward Steichen, Richard Avedon, William Klein, and others will be addressed.

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Guest Lecture: "Maya Pots and English Crocks, 1850 BC–AD 1450," by Dr. David M. Pendergast

Actun Balam Vase
April 19, 2015 -
9:30am11:30am

San Francisco Ceramic Circle Illustrated Lecture: Maya Pots and English Crocks, 1850 BC–AD 1450 by Dr. David M. Pendergast, adjunct professor of anthropology, Trent University, Canada and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

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